Thursday, April 22, 2010

New Beer on the Way from Jandrain-Jandrenouille.

The Brasserie de Jandrain-Jandrenouille is about to release its follow-up to cult favorites IV Saison and V Cense.

Its title will be VI... quelque chose. VI something. Brewers Stéphane Meulemans and Alexandre Dumont haven't decided on their new baby's full name yet. (Suggestions? Feel free to post them below.) What is decided is that the first kegs will be tapped at Moeder Lambic Fontainas very soon, possibly this weekend. So get thyself down there and ask nicely.

Meulemans and Dumont told me their next offering is a blanche, or Witbier, pale and cloudy and made with wheat. However they are adding no spices, bucking recent tradition, its character coming rather from the careful use of aromatic American hops. Thus it follows in the footsteps of IV and V, embracing the traits that endeared those rising stars to aficionados in Belgium and abroad. This will surprise nobody who knows that the brewers' day jobs — from their office in Louvain-la-Neuve — are to sell and promote Oregon's Yakima Chief products to the wider world. We won't know until we taste it, but I think we can expect big, fruity hop aroma and sheer drinkability.

Whatever happened to I, II and III anyway? When I visited the brewery's farmhouse last year, Dumont quipped that they wanted to "do it like Star Wars." So maybe we'll see the prequels next. Hopefully they're better than the movies. Stay tuned.

Pictured: a IV Saison enjoying its last moments on earth at Moeder Lambic St-Gilles.


  1. Well... name can only be VI66.

  2. Just got back from a sunny afternoon spent at ML-F and can report that the new JJ beer was there and gone quickly- apparently finished off on Fri. They did have Saison de Dottignies on for a little while today before it was done and the other special is Darbyste. I did drink a V Cense as a tribute though.